DALE “RED” JACKSON
1906 - 1932
Jackson was born in Iowa. His family moved to Faribault, MN where he graduated from High School. He earned his Private license in 1928 in St. Louis and barnstormed across the country. In 1930, he set a barrel-rolling record of 417 rolls. He also flew as a member of a stunt flying team with Freddy Lund, another Minnesotan Aviation Hall of Famer.
In July, 1929, Jackson and Forrest O’Brine, a flyer from St. Louis, set an aerial endurance record. Using a Curtiss Robin aircraft, they circled the city of St. Louis for some 420 hours, refueling 48 times in flight. They only landed to attend the funeral of a comrade. When their record was broken, they again took the Robin into the sky and set a second record of 647 hours aloft (27 days). In 1931, Dale Jackson flew the famous Laird “Solution” to third place in the National Air Races Thompson Trophy race. Jackson was killed in 1932 during a stunting session in Miami. He is buried in the Maple Lawn cemetery at Faribault.
Born in North Dakota, Johnson came to Crookston, MN in 1948. Trained as an electrician in the US Army, he worked on helicopters in Korea. Johnson received his Private license in 1988 and began soaring. He owned two sailplanes and built a Pietenpol homebuilt aircraft. Johnson is not only a mentor for contemporaries, helping them with every facet of aircraft home-building, but he has studied and become adept at such diverse skills as propeller making, powder coat painting, machine-shop tool operation, ice boating, and home construction. He has been a lead member of the construction crews for the Air Guard Jenny, the Centennial Wright Flyer replica and the Waco CG-4A glider restoration.
Noel E. Allard
Born in Minneapolis, MN. Graduate of Mpls. Washburn High School. Earned a Degree in Fine Arts at the U. of M. Veteran of the US Army Security Agency. Career in Graphic Arts, retiring after 22 years in Marketing Dept. of Wells Fargo Bank.
Restored 1946 Aeronca aircraft and flew it for 31 years. Aviation historian authored two books on Minnesota aviation history and contributed dozens of articles on Minnesota aviation history to various magazines. Wrote the Minnesota Flyer Mystery Plane column for fifteen years. Served on the Air Guard Museum board for fifteen years. Founding member of Twin City Aero Historians model airplane club. Contractor for rebuilding of MAC Spirit of St. Louis replica that hung in Lindbergh Terminal at MSP. Co-designer and developer of Cold War aviation memorial at the location of bomber crash in Inver Grove Heights. Chairman of Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame for 20 years, later Executive Director. Serves on the Park Rapids Airport Commission. Allard and his wife Mary live in Park Rapids, MN.
Born in New Ulm, MN, Johnson served in the National Guard as an engineer and saw service in Korea building airstrips. He earned his Private license in 1962 and went on to earn additional licenses. Johnson began his career as an agricultural spray pilot in South Dakota. He opened Tracy Air Service at Tracy, MN in 1963, which soon became the area’s outstanding FBO. The company expanded and moved to Marshall, MN. In 1973, the company became Midwest Aviation, which it remains to this day. Johnson logged over 32,000 hours in his career, offering every aviation service imaginable. He left his mark in Minnesota as an ag and charter pilot and flight instructor. Johnson still works as a Pilot Examiner.
Darell L. Johnson
Darrell Johnson moved to the Twin Cities as a youth and began his aviation career at Wold-Chamberlain Field in Minneapolis. He joined the Air Corps in World War II and went to the Canal Zone as a P-38 fighter pilot.
Following the war he worked for Gopher Aviation at Rochester as a flight instructor and flight examiner. He remained with Gopher for 25 years before returning to his previous work as a pilot examiner. He has accomplished nearly 4,500 flight checks during 47 years. He has logged over 35,000 flight hours.
Wayne G. Johnson
Ortonville's Wayne Johnson flew as a fighter pilot in World War II with the 23rd Fighter Group in China under Lt. General Claire Chennault. Following the war, Johnson served in the North Dakota Air Guard. Johnson was a successful attorney in Silver Bay, Minnesota, and the driving force behind airport development there. Johnson is currently an active member of the North Shore business community, helps design and funds the Flying Tigers memorials at Dayton, Ohio and Taipei, Taiwan.